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Dental organizations team with Ad Council in campaign on children’s oral health

August 14, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: According to a survey released by the Ad Council, less than half (44 percent) of parents in the United States today report that their children brush their teeth twice a day or more. In time for back-to-school season, the Ad Council is launching a number of English and Spanish-language public service ads. The ads are being distributed to media outlets nationwide.

CDA offers tips to avoid dental emergencies

August 13, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: With parents and children enjoying the recreational sports and activities that typically come with warm summer weather, the California Dental Association is providing tips to avoid oral injuries and dental emergencies. Popular summer activities, like swimming, baseball and biking can increase the potential for injuries to the teeth and mouth.

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Greater New York Dental Meeting registration opens

August 10, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Registration is open for the 2012 Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM), the largest dental congress and health care meeting in the United States, with 53,789 attendees from all 50 states and 127 countries in 2011. A significantly expanded international program accommodated 6,656 international visitors in 2011, with sessions in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Russian.

Inaugural Multicultural Oral Health Summit recognizes DentaQuest Foundation

August 9, 2012

BOCA RATON, Fla., USA: DentaQuest Foundation, a philanthropic organization committed to the improvement and promotion of optimal oral health, was recognized for its service by the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), National Dental Association (NDA) and Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) at the first-ever Multicultural Oral Health Summit, a joint convention in Boca Raton, Fla.

3D Endo Symposium to be held

August 9, 2012

IRVINE, Calif., USA: J. Morita has announced the 3D Endo Symposium continuing education event. This full day course is tailored for endodontists on the topic of 3–D/CBCT technology and will include lectures, as well as an interactive session and hands-on training. The 3D Endo Symposium will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, located in Dana Point, Calif.

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ADHA names director of governmental affairs

August 9, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) recently announced the appointment of Ann Lynch as director of governmental affairs. As leader of the division, Lynch’s responsibilities include overseeing the strategy and execution of ADHA’s advocacy efforts on the federal level in Washington, D.C., and directing the governmental affairs staff in their support and counsel to ADHA’s state organizations in all their advocacy initiatives.

ADA offers practical guide to patients with medical conditions

August 8, 2012

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The American Dental Association (ADA) is offering a new publication, The ADA Practical Guide to Patients with Medical Conditions, to help dentists deliver safe and coordinated care for patients with chronic medical conditions with a book that provides detailed references, images and expert advice from 25 academicians and clinicians.

AGD and ADA agree that more study is needed on midlevel providers

August 7, 2012

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) applauds the recently released American Dental Association (ADA) series of studies on the economic viability of independent midlevel providers in dentistry. The ADA retained ECG Management Consultants (ECG) to study the economic viability of independent midlevel providers in five states (Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire and Washington) based on current outside interest in instituting independent midlevel providers in those states.

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CDA Foundation honors Dr. 
Thomas Levy with Dugoni Faculty Award

August 6, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: The CDA Foundation has honored Thomas Levy, DDS, MS, as this year’s recipient of its Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award. CDA established the award in 2004 in recognition of Dugoni’s accomplishments in dental education and organized dentistry. The award acknowledges and supports eligible faculty affiliated with the state’s six dental schools for their exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education.

Dr. Robert Genco receives award from AAP

August 2, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: Robert J. Genco, DDS, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor, director of the University at Buffalo Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) and UB professor of periodontics and endodontics is the recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology’s Distinguished Scientist Award for 2012.

ADA: Selective use of CBCT offers advanced point-of-care imaging

August 2, 2012

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: In the August issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association, the American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) presents an ADA report with recommendations for the safe use of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in dental practice. This imaging method provides three-dimensional detail of oral and maxillofacial structures, which can help clinicians, provide improved treatment and lead to better patient outcomes.

Crayfish found to have substance on teeth similar to human enamel

August 1, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: A team of Israeli and German scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have found an enamel-like layer in the mandibles of freshwater crayfish, according to an article in Nature Communications, “Enamel-like Apatite Crown Covering Amorphous Mineral in a Crayfish Mandible.”

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Digital Clinic brings social responsibility to dental digital signage

August 1, 2012

Digital Clinic has teamed up with TeamSmile to highlight the dental needs of underprivileged children to waiting rooms across the country. Dental offices that choose to support TeamSmile (or another charity of their choice) can have pertinent and compelling charitable information displayed to their patients digitally while they wait.

Hygienists group supports Dental Reform Act of 2012

July 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) has issued a news release commending Sen. Bernard Sanders, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for their leadership on oral health issues.

New saliva biomarker test helps detect oral cancer

July 30, 2012

Advanced Laboratory Services, in collaboration with a research team at the University of Southern California, has developed a new test that can assist health care professionals in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of oral cancers. Advanced Laboratory’s saliva biomarker test measures three specific biomarkers that play a role in cancer development.

Father of CT scanner dies

July 30, 2012

KENSINGTON, Md. & WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: One of the pioneers of CT scanning technology for use in medicine has died at the age of 86. Robert S. Ledley, a trained dentist turned biomedical researcher from New York City, passed away on Tuesday last week, family members told U.S. media.

UCLA School of Dentistry receives funding to increase care for infants, young children

July 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Calif., USA: The UCLA School of Dentistry has received major new funding to help improve the oral health of children in underserved populations. First 5 LA, the child advocacy and grant-making organization, awarded the UCLA School of Dentistry and its partners $9 million to increase access to dental care for Los Angeles children from birth to age 5.

Registration opens for dental office manager conference

July 25, 2012

RED BANK, N.J., USA: The American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) has announced that registration is open for this year’s conference, to be held in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sept. 6-8. Courses are already starting to fill. The conference will take place at the Westin Kierland Resort. The program lineup will offer up to nine continuing education hours toward AADOM’s Fellowship Program.

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